Hit London Comedy, Boeing-Boeing, Expected to Land on Broadway in 2008

News   Hit London Comedy, Boeing-Boeing, Expected to Land on Broadway in 2008 The hit London production of the British sex farce, Boeing-Boeing — a title known as a staple in American stock, amateur and dinner theatres over the past 35 years — will spawn a first-class Broadway production in spring 2008.
Matthew Warchus
Matthew Warchus Photo by Aubrey Reuben

According to a casting notice, Sonia Friedman Productions, ACT Productions, Matthew Byam Shaw, Robert Bartner and Bob Boyett will produce a Broadway spinoff of the Matthew Warchus-directed West End staging of Marc Camoletti and Beverley Cross's play about a swingin' bachelor and his three stewardess fiancées.

The romp evokes the good old/bad old days when "air hostesses" and "stewardesses" were playthings rather than "flight attendants."

March rehearsals will lead to a spring 2008 Broadway opening. Tony Award nominee Warchus (London's Lord of the Rings, Broadway's Follies, Life x 3, True West, Art) gave the durable comedy fresh life in London's West End in 2006-07, at the Comedy Theatre, where booking continues into 2008.

In the play, Bernard, a fortyish architect living in Paris, juggles three "air hostess" fiancées with the help of his housekeeper (originated by Rhea Perlman in the new London staging). Things don't go smoothly when he tries to show off his situation to Robert, his old college pal.

Boeing-Boeing originally opened in London in the mid-'60s and held the world record for the longest running comedy in the West End, playing over 2,000 performances. It transferred to Broadway for a brief 23-performance run in 1965, but later took off in theatres around the country.

John Rich directed the film version starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.